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The menu entry "Create style" appears not to do anything.

Since it doesn't have tripple dots ("create style ...") which in mac OS informs about following options window (for instance to define the new style), I would assume this command does anything immediately, at least related to my momentary selection, either frame or text.

In case there is an action going on I, sorry, can't see it; I would expect a new occurence in the style panel at least.


macOS 10.12.6,  Macbook Pro 15" + Eizo 24"

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On Windows, I don't see Edit > Create Style at all:

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-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1903 (18362.145), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.1.404

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Aha. What does your menu "Help" say about "create style"?

(in your Edit menu are Preferences..., which are in Mac under "Affinity Publisher Beta")


macOS 10.12.6,  Macbook Pro 15" + Eizo 24"

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@thomaso

I'm running Publisher 1.7.0.293 on Mac OS 10.13.6. 

The menu item Edit > Create Style appears to have no function, but it actually creates graphic styles for objects (what Adobe calls "Object Styles").

Try this:

  • Style an object with a gradient fill and drop shadow from the Layer Effects menu.
  • Then make sure that your Styles panel is showing View > Studio > Styles
  • Select your styled object.
  • Select the menu item Edit > Create Style.

You should see that a new graphic style for objects gets added to the Styles panel capturing the style attributes you applied to your original object.

I do think that the nomenclature could be clearer to distinguish between Text Styles and Object Styles. The Styles panel should be renamed to "Object Styles", and the Edit menu item in question should read Edit > Create Object Style.

Moreover, one should find a Create Object Style menu item within the [Object] Styles panel menu list.

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1 hour ago, thomaso said:

What does your menu "Help" say about "create style"?

Only the following:

Under the section on the Styles panel, it mentions:

  • Create Style from Selection, on the hamburger menu for the Styles panel; and
  • Right-clicking an object and choosing Create Style from the right-click context menu.

-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1903 (18362.145), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.1.404

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12 hours ago, Mark Oehlschlager said:

The menu item Edit > Create Style appears to have no function, but it actually creates graphic styles for objects (what Adobe calls "Object Styles"). 

Mark, thank you!

Is it correct (and useful?) that one can use this function to create a style for text formatting, too? It appears I can save font, size, line space, kerning etc. in such an object style – but have "no styles" remaining active in the text style menu. If this behavour is in purpose it is confusing at least.

12 hours ago, Mark Oehlschlager said:

Moreover, one should find a Create Object Style menu item within the [Object] Styles panel menu list. 

There already is an according menu item, called "Add style from selection".

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macOS 10.12.6,  Macbook Pro 15" + Eizo 24"

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1 hour ago, thomaso said:

Is it correct (and useful?) that one can use this function to create a style for text formatting, too? It appears I can save font, size, line space, kerning etc. in such an object style – but have "no styles" remaining active in the text style menu. If this behavour is in purpose it is confusing at least.

Styles and Text Styles are different things.

But yes, you can create a Style from a Text Frame, and later you can apply that Style to another Text Frame.

Text Styles can only set the characteristics of the text within a Text Frame. Styles set the characteristics of the Text Frame itself (Fill, Stroke) and defaults for the characteristics of the text that will be added to a new Text Frame (font, font size, centering, etc.).

So there is some overlap, and yes it can be confusing. But it can also be useful.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1903 (18362.145), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.1.404

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1 hour ago, walt.farrell said:

So there is some overlap, and yes it can be confusing. But it can also be useful.

@Walt, thank you. I still need to get used to these freedoms. They become even more complex if you combine an Object Style with "Decorations" of Paragraph Pane to format the frame (text background, frame border), too. Plus with a table format ...

 

15 hours ago, Mark Oehlschlager said:

I do think that the nomenclature could be clearer to distinguish between Text Styles and Object Styles. The Styles panel should be renamed to "Object Styles", and the Edit menu item in question should read Edit > Create Object Style.

Agree.


macOS 10.12.6,  Macbook Pro 15" + Eizo 24"

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The "styles" feature is not bad, but has a lot of room for improvement; I think some of the current behavior derives from the fact that it has been available in Designer for a while now and probably makes a bit more sense there the way it exists at present.

While not quite as pressing as various other features for the first releases, I do hope to see this built on in future versions.

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